Xael are a band from North Carolina that plays a mixture of folk, symphonic and death metal and this is a review of their self released 2018 album "The Last Arbiter".
Symphonic sounds start off the album and also mixes in with the heavier sections of the music while all of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to t hem along with some spoken word parts also being used at times and the vocals also bring in a great amount of death metal growls.
Clear vocals can also be heard at times while the solos and leads are done in a very technical style along with the music also adding in elements of 80's synth music and when the music speeds up a great amount of blast beats can be heard as well as some black metal screams also being used at times.
Clean playing, acoustic guitars and folk music elements are also added onto some of the tracks while the songs also bring in a great mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with some of the songs also being very long and epic in length, female vocals can also be heard at times and as the album progresses the music gets more tribal.
Xael plays a musical style that takes melodic black, brutal death metal, symphonic, folk, tribal and 80's synth music and mixes them together to create something very original, the production sounds very professional for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover science fiction themes.
In my opinion Xael are a very great sounding mixture of folk, symphonic, black and death metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Last Arbiter" "Apathy of The Immortal" and "Harvesting The Elders Genome". 8 out of 10.